Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jewish Song Sundays --- #2

Malky Giniger: Donnie

When I first heard this song I felt an automatic pull towards it. First because of the theme of the song, how a mother should be involved with her children’s lives and not let anything get in the way. Second Because I liked the name Donnie.

Lyrics:

It was a long hard day I lay back on my bed
Got some time to rest three pillows beneath my head
Finally I’ll get to sleep; I’m finished for the day
When out from underneath my bed I hear a small voice say.

Mommy, Mommy, guess what I did today in school
I’d say sweetheart, please don’t bother me
My dear, you know the rule.
Please talk to me later, right now I’ve got to rest.
Mommy, yes, I understand, sorry for being such a pest.

The days were getting harder now work was getting tough
Financially we were managing, but it was really kind of rough.
Each day I’d plop onto my bed after supper was prepared,
No time to hear the first grade news, but my Donnie knew I cared.

Well, I began to feel quite guilty for each day the same thing occurred.
So, I said, “Starting tomorrow, I’ll hear my Donnie’s words,
But right now I’ll go rest my head to ease that aching pain.”
Just then Donnie came home from school and persisted once again.

Mommy, Mommy, guess what I did today in school
I’d say sweetheart, please don’t bother me
My dear, you know the rule.
Please talk to me later, right now I’ve got to rest.
Mommy, yes, I understand, sorry for being such a pest.

Tomorrow came and went too fast Donnie turned eight, nine, and ten,
Now those words were echoes of the past never to be heard again.
For now before the end of school the phone would ring each day.
It was Donnie on the other end and this is what he’d say.

Mommy, Mommy, guess what, there’s a game right after school.
I’d say Sweetheart please come home today I want to hear from you.
Can’t it wait till later, it’s the sport that I play best
Donnie, yes I understand sorry for being such a pest

So I learned my lesson the hard way
I lost those years I can’t replace
I took those times for granted
Time had grabbed me in it’s race,
But when my five year old  Nechemia comes home from school each day
I run to take him off the bus and this is what we say

Mommy, Mommy, guess what I did today in school
I say, sweetheart please tell me I want to hear from you
Please don’t wait till later, I so do want to hear
Mommy thanks for all your time I know how much you care

So now, Mothers don’t loose all that time
Show them how much you care (Mommy thanks for all your time)

Warning: Kol Isha

11 comments:

Off the Derech said...

Not bad

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

Umm, well, besides for the song sounding like it's from 1910(!), I must say that it's obvious that whatever we see and hear becomes somewhat a part of us. Is it not quite a shame then, that women married with children usually listen to the same romance-oriented music that much younger people are listening to and producing? What in the world is wrong with music discussing family matters (ugh! second sitcom reference already!) for people with families?!

...all the 'romance songs'll make'em wanna' do at that point is commit adultery or something!

In regards to the actual content of the song; I agree, it's hard to give 24 hors of ones time to kids, but you don't want the kids seeing you as a jerk..

אגב: לא אסרו קולן של נשים אלא במכירן

The Babysitter said...

Off the Derech: yea, I think it's pretty good.

Shlomo: I never heard music from 1910 so I wouldn't know. I would love if more songs would discuss family matters. It's actually interesting, because till last year I had always thought that parents listen to only Jewish music. I thought it was just a teenage thing to listen to non Jewish music. But then I realized that fathers listen to non Jewish music too. Since a friend had said that his brother just got an Ipod, so I asked if he was going to put shiurim onto it. So then he said, why would he put shiurim on it, he's going to put music he likes on it, and I was shocked!

I used to think that the reason why people listen to romance songs was because that didn't have any one to tell it to them, so they had to hear it from the singer.

Right, that's the message, it might be hard to give your full attention to your kids, but time will fly and then you will regret it later, so to take advantage of the time and be there for your kids, and listen to what they have to say.

what does במכירן mean?

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

"I never heard music from 1910 so I wouldn't know"- (!) All I was trying to say (in a sarcastic way) was that it sounds qite a bit outdated..

"I would love if more songs would discuss family matters"- Oh, come on, didn't you get my TV references; "Married with Children", "Familly Matters"?! ..whatever...(!)..

"I used to think that the reason why people listen to romance songs was because that didn't have any one to tell it to them, so they had to hear it from the singer"- The actual phsychology behind it I'm sure is complex, yet interesting. ..I personally feel people are usually only exited enough to sing about the most exiting emotion; love. Whether it's about the opposite sex, or G-d..

"what does במכירן mean?"- "Know them". What I was saying there in the Hebrew was that (I listened to that basing myself on the ruling of Ovadia Yosef, who says that) it's only assur for a guy to listen to a grl singing if he 'knows her' (i.e. what she looks like).

The Babysitter said...

Shlomo: I got the family matters reference, but I hadn't picked up on the married with children one, I was wondering what the second one was.

Interesting, that makes sense.

Right, I've heard that before.

The Babysitter said...

Update: This is a great article from VIN, on how to be a good father. It has the same message as in the song here.

Bas Melech said...

Awwww. I love this song! It's so cute! Yet it's also so true. I never heard music from 1910, so I couldn't say true or false to that statement, but it definitely applies now.

The Babysitter said...

Bas Melach: Glad you like it!

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